Hotel Bonegilla is on its way!

A fantastic community cast is busily rehearsing with director Anni Gifford for our presentation of Hotel Bonegilla, 16-18 November. 25 local community actors – including our 2017/18 Studio Ensemble – are exploring Tes Lyssiotis’ moving play about the early migrant experience of Wodonga’s Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre. The Hotel Bonegilla presentation will be a part of the Centre’s 70th anniversary in November, and HotHouse’s 20th birthday celebrations.

The cast of Hotel Bonegilla is a mix of actors new to our stage, and some original actors from the 1997 production. These actors have vivid recollections of Tes Lyssiotis’ original production, and the meaning it had for them. It’s wonderful to see them sharing these experiences with a new generation of community actors engaged with our region’s history.

Rehearsals are travelling well: in the photo above you can see some of the actors, including original participants Martin Fussell and Robyn Smithwick. There are only four performances of Hotel Bonegilla, so don’t miss out!

7pm Thursday 16 November
7pm Friday 17 November
3pm Saturday 18 November
7pm Saturday 18 November

Find out more about Hotel Bonegilla.
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Mary Rachel Brown

Award winning playwright to give write advice to SOLO Monologue shortlist

Award winning playwright, Mary Rachel Brown, will be giving shortlisted SOLO Monologue competition entrants dramaturgical advice on their entries.

Emerging and established playwrights have just one month to get their entries into the HotHouse Theatre, La Trobe University and Write Around the Murray SOLO Monologue competition that closes 5pm AEST on Friday, 24 June .

International entries have been received from Ireland, California, London and South Africa, while most states and territories are represented in the Australian entries.

The competition carries a $500 prize for the winner of each of the three categories –  unpublished/unperformed monologues; published/performed and monologues written by high school students – and the chance for entrants to rewrite or fine tune their entries if shortlisted.

Mary, who wrote the highly popular opening play for the 2016 HotHouse Theatre season, The Dapto Chaser, is the recipient of the following National Playwriting Awards – 2016 Lysicrates Prize, the 2008 Rodney Seaborn Award, 2007 Max Affords Award and the 2006 Griffin Award. Her play Last Letters has been in repertory at the Australia War Memorial for the last seven years. Other works for the stage include – Inside Out -Christine Dunstan Productions, Die Fledermaus (Adaption) – Sydney Conservatorium of Music, National Security And The Art Of Taxidermy – The Glynn Nicholas Group, All My Sleep And Waking – TRS.  Her TV credits include sketch writing for The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fightin’ for ABC and several episodes of Home and Away for Channel 7.

As well as working with individual playwrights, Mary has worked in a dramaturgical capacity for Canberra Youth Theatre, Albany Youth Theatre and The Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. She has also conducted playwriting workshops for The Canberra Theatre Centre, Griffin Theatre’s Ambassadors’ program, The Albany Writers Festival, NIDA, Canberra Youth Theatre, Charles Sturt University and Hothouse Theatre.

Mary has been a member of script selection panels for The Griffin Award and Inscriptions Edward Albee Playwriting Scholarship, and has also participated as both a speaker and a playwright in numerous Playwriting Australia script workshops and The National Play Festival.

After receiving advice from Mary, the shortlisted writers will be given the opportunity to rewrite or fine tune their monologues for the final assessment process. As part of the Write Around the Murray Festival there will be a rehearsed reading of their monologues by local performers on Thursday, 8 September.

For more information, competition guidelines and entry forms click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading of Rime of the Ancient Mariner to Open First HotHouse HotSpot Talk – The Brink

A 30 minute rehearsed reading of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Olwen Steel will open the inaugural HotHouse HotSpot Talk – The Brink tomorrow night at Cafe Grove, Wodonga from 6pm.

Olwen was born in South London in the mid-50’s, and arrived in Australia in October 1974. She has been living in Albury-Wodonga since 1987, and since making the Border her home, Olwen has explored music theatre and singing as a chorister, mostly at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Albury, and also in various a capella groups. She has spent the past decade or so as a schoolteacher on both sides of the river in primary, special ed and high schools. She is currently studying Visual Art full time at Albury TAFE. Her hobbies include singing and leading small study tours to the Mediterranean.

The reading will be introduced by La Trobe University’s Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, Dr Susan Lawler.

It will be followed by supper and a panel discussion with Dr Lawler and Head of La Trobe University’s School of Life Sciences, Professor Michael Clarke. The panel will also include a local wildlife rescuer and carer and will discuss what the Mariner’s tale means for us today.

Dr Lawler said she had read the poem to her ecology students every year for 15 years and felt it articulated that special connection with nature and the high stakes of conservation in a deeply personal and emotional way.

‘We have a responsibility to protect and even love our fellow creatures even if they are not cute and cuddly. A spiritual connection with nature is inevitable if we allow ourselves to spend sufficient time outdoors.

‘I am looking forward to inflicting the same confronting experience on the public and giving them a chance to discuss their reactions,’ Dr Lawler said.

HotHouse Theatre Artistic Director, Lyn Wallis said the HotSpot Talk series, supported by La Trobe University, had been scheduled to complement the season’s shows.

‘The talks will be held in surprising locations and in partnership with local restaurants, wineries and food-growers. ‘They will be cross art-form and highly social exploring interesting ideas and dynamics that resonate with our subscription season, but mostly they’re about getting into some really meaty topics while enjoying some fabulous food and drinks,’ Ms Wallis said.

Tickets are $30 and $25 concession and for HotHouse Subscribers. All tickets include supper and a glass of wine. Please note the venue for The Brink is Cafe Grove and not The Butter Factory Theatre.

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